Open Door Church & Ikhaya Bridge
By Jonathon Dupuis and Mika Hernandez
Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) As leaders of the Royal Ambassador program at The Open Door Church, this was the verse we recited with the children week after week as we journeyed with them through Acts. Through our study together, God exposed us to His strategy for accomplishing His amazing redemptive work in the building of His Church.
In January, the opportunity was presented to join Pastor Sam Brooks and his wife, Mrs. Merida Brooks, on a trip to South Africa and Zambia to minister alongside Pastor Gabriel Fabule of Living Springs Faith Ministry. Within just a few short weeks, we went from living everyday life, being involved in the local church, to finding ourselves fully engaged with the global church.
Upon our arrival to the churches, we found beautiful, thriving people desiring to know God more. It was such an encouragement to see this ministry our church has poured into for the past 15 years, be functioning according to Scripture. We were able to see the goodness of the Lord in His transformation of the lives of His people there. When Mama Elizabeth, one of the older women, who in American terms has many physical needs, was asked how we could be praying for her, her response was that we should pray that she would “grow deeper and deeper and deeper with Jesus.” Her focus is on Him and Him alone-—she is a living example of Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (KJV) Amen!
Our weeks consisted of bible studies, enthusiastic worship, and prayer with both the young and the old alike. As the initial week progressed, we were reminded of the Truths of Scripture that Jesus, Himself, used to draw men to the saving knowledge of Christ and that those are still, today, equally powerful. Love really does go a long way. It was so evident that ministry in Africa and around the world essentially occurs the exact same way as it does right here in Acadiana.
If you are actively being the Church, making disciples and loving people, you are totally equipped to go into the world and do this in another place. The broken-hearted, the captive, the blind, and the lame are equally susceptible to the life-giving Word of God that heals, sets free, and gives sight regardless of the location. It’s so exciting to see the Church thriving in South Africa and Zambia and, as it grows, to witness communities being changed one person at a time. From the Church, evangelism, discipleship, healing, the sending of missionaries, social justice, and community development are pouring out in the name of love, in the name and in the hope of Jesus Christ.
The newest project of Living Springs Faith Ministry, which promotes township transformation through missional church planting, grassroots community empowerment projects, and leadership development, is Ikhaya Bridge. This endeavor is focused to provide support for children with autism and special needs via scholarships, skills training, educational inclusivity, public awareness campaigns, and advocating for children with disabilities.
If you have experience in these areas and can share research or information that would be beneficial to an organization such as Ikhaya Bridge, please contact Pastor Gabriel Fabule directly at fabules4africa@gmail. Donations can be made to support Living Springs Faith Fellowship at www.lsfmusa.org/index and/or Ikhaya Bridge at IkhayaBridge.org.